Summit Agenda

The 4th Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference will provide a sufficiently distinctive, collaborative and solution-packed two-day agenda. You are guaranteed focussed corporate learning at its best through practical case studies, interactive roundtable discussions and open Q&As. This is the most comprehensive and targeted event of the year, which shows real experiences and examples.

1. Supplier Interaction and Training

– Investigate issues of non-disclosure and disagreement with suppliers
– Redesign methodology on top-down vs. bottom-up approaches to supplier management
– Create tolerance policy and ethical standards with suppliers to limit the risk of further non-compliance events
– Educate and train suppliers to act as champions for their tiers of supply chain

2. Procurement and Supply Chain Risk

– Ensure procurement practices run through appropriate due diligence protocol
– Train procurement staff on issues of modern slavery and risks associated with suppliers
– Map supply chain risk on a scale to determine high risk areas
– Understand the sector specific to navigate modern slavery risk across multiple compliance areas

3. Beyond Audits

– Discover other tools which would provide deeper understanding on supplier activities
– Use health and safety audits as a vector to determine modern slavery risks
– Utilise technological advances to improve access to supplier command
– Improve supplier management strategies beyond self-assessments

4. Detect Labour Issues & Engage Local Workforce

– Understand the source of labour issues and the role of behavioural change
– Address the causes of child labour in the local socio-economic context
– Create grievance mechanisms and pass appropriate and validated cases onto victim support
– Develop management strategies centred on workers’ interests

5. Ethical Recruitment

– Facilitate methods for safe procurement of short-term/seasonal employment
– Analyse the role of recruitment agencies and challenges that they face
– Promote the use of recruitment standards for fair and sustainable pay
– Design policy for recruitment agencies before criticising tier one/ two suppliers

6. Victim Support

– Ensure victims are appropriately supported through management schemes and communities continue to be developed instead of deteriorated as a result
– Provide grievance mechanisms which are safe and secure
– Understand government policy recommendations to provide greater reassurance for victims
– Support NGOs to re-establish victims into society once again

7. Low-skilled Labour in the UK

– Investigate issues within the low-skilled UK labour market
– Work with suppliers on procedures to reduce risk of modern slavery
– Hear case study examples on issues of modern slavery in small enterprises and through seasonal employment
– Define modern slavery exploitation/ forced labour at grassroots level

8. Recruitment Agency Perspective

– Understand the processes that recruitment agencies take to ensure due diligence across workers
– Learn the challenges recruitment agencies face when dealing with company ethical policy
– How to regulate recruitment agencies’ frequent staff turnover?
– Address high risks areas for temporary staff recruitment

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9. Transparency and Disclosure

– Create accountable frameworks to address modern slavery issues beyond compliance with legislation
– Protect brand values through engaging civil society and investors
– Recognise global government progress on modern slavery and human rights law and regulation
– Navigate non-financial reporting and disclosure

10. Company Culture Change

– Secure CEO and other executives buy-in through KPIs and non-financial metrics
– Engage middle management on importance of modern slavery
– Consolidate central process on modern slavery and engage with key parties
– Do not be afraid of discovering modern slavery and human rights cases

11. Navigate a Limited Resource Budget

– Design modern slavery plan most adaptable to the spend budget allocated
– Implement practical approach using resources efficiently and collectively
– Address issues found and continue developing the programme
– Comply with standards and become more modern slavery aware

12. Sustainable Development Goals

– Align social responsibility models with the SDGs
– Find partnerships to tackle sustainable development goals
– Discover areas of the supply chain which can improve as a result of adherence to SDGs
– Track progress of SDGs within company framework or external organisation

13. Measure & Quantify Impact of Policies and Processes

– Appraise usefulness of spend budget allocation to discover areas for continuance and improvement
– Scale efforts of good practice and direct spend towards sustaining long-term projects
– Benchmark progress against global standards and your industry peers
– Focus on specific areas to achieve continuous incremental improvements

14. Collective Action Cross-Industries

– Start the conversation with like-minded companies to find solutions on a non-competitive basis
– Appreciate the modern slavery knowledge gap between companies and work on effective measures applicable to all
– Leverage suppliers through collective action and avoid terminating relationships
– Work closely with government agencies to ensure widespread knowledge of business practice

15. Local Education Exchange

– Understand socio-cultural implications for termination of supplier contract
– Lobby for change while understanding cultural barriers and common practice
– Built trust with NGOs to share information on a confidential basis about supplier activities
– Promote global best practice and ways to elevate social development

16. Investors Perspective

– How can investors assist companies with their social responsibility mission?
– Utilise the rigorous due diligence practices used by investors
– Link risk and opportunity together when looking at project investment
– Understand global benchmarking frameworks used by investors

17. Legal Developments in the UK and Beyond

– Evaluate the effectiveness of the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015)
– Understand the legal and financial implications for compliance of the Duty of Vigilance (2017) law in France
– Explore the significance of the upcoming laws in Canada and Australia
– Learn what needs to be done with legislation moving forward

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